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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Vicky Wong


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Labour rep questions claims over worker shortages  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has sought to allay disquiet over the government's plans to import workers. John Lee said his government did have the interests of the community in mind and would protect local people as it seeks to grow. But a labour representative questioned the administration's claims over worker shortages, as Mike Weeks reports:
Aviation union calls for better benefits for local staff  Listenfacebook
An aviation workers union has urged the government to improve welfare and transportation for staff at the airport, saying it can solve labour shortages there without importing workers. The scheme announced last week could see up to 6,300 people shipped in to fill vacancies at Chek Lap Kok. But the Staffs and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines says if that happens, there will be no incentive for companies to improve the welfare of local staff. FTU lawmaker Bill Tang told Vanessa Cheng that labour representatives are calling for transport subsidies and dedicated transport services for airport staff:
Lawmaker criticises passengers use of emergency ramp  Listenfacebook
Lawmaker Gary Zhang says emergency exits on MTR trains should only be used in emergencies, such as a train fire or a terrorist attack. The engineer, who used to work for the rail company, issued the warning after 20 people left a train via an emergency ramp on Monday night when the doors failed to open at Wan Chai Station, causing major delays on the Island Line. He told Elvis Yu more about the incident:
Technopole will bring 'serious ecological crisis'  Listenfacebook
Green groups are urging the government to conduct another environmental impact assessment of its planned IT hub in San Tin, or return to its original design for the project. The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, along with eight other green groups, said the government's new plan for the San Tin Technopole will now encroach into 250 hectares of wetland conservation area. Wong Suet-mei, the Society's conservation officer, described it as an ecologically-rich area with over 100 species, some of which are critically endangered. She also told Vicky Wong that the Technopole will also bring a big population of people which will disturb life at a nearby nature reserve:
Justice chief hails SAR's rule of law  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice says the rule of law is a unique strength of Hong Kong, describing it as a "gold-letter signboard". Paul Lam was speaking at a conference, where he addressed the injunction to ban a 2019 protest song as well as a recent case of "judicial copying". Hailey Yip reports:
Survey highlights stress levels at SMEs  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Christian Service has called for greater resources for small and medium-sized enterprises to train their staff as mental health first aiders, after its survey found over half of employees reported poor physical and mental health. The NGO says nearly 40 percent of more than 600 respondents suffered from work stress, and around a fifth of them had even thought of suicide or self-harm. Dr Klaris Leung, a clinical psychologist with the Service told Ben Tse more about the survey findings:
Handover handouts to celebrate 26th anniversary  Listenfacebook
Freebies and cheaper groceries and meals are to be offered to the people of Hong Kong on and around July 1, to help them celebrate the 26th anniversary of the establishment of China's first special administrative region. As Wendy Wong reports, the news was announced by Chief Executive John Lee, as he headed into the weekly meeting of his Executive Council:
May CPI rises two percent on year  Listenfacebook
Inflation is generally holding at a low and steady rate in Hong Kong, despite sharp increases in the cost of utilities. Ada Au reports:
HK drops two places in competitiveness ranking  Listenfacebook
The government has blamed the epidemic situation last year for dragging down the city’s economic performance, leading to a two-place drop in an annual global competitiveness ranking. Mike Weeks reports:
Slow uptake seen at dual counter system  Listenfacebook
A market consultant in China says the new dual counter system allowing investors to trade in either HKD or RMB got off to a slow start on the first day and will have a slow uptake. The new scheme enables investors to trade the Hong Kong-listed stocks of 24 companies using offshore yuan, with nine brokers providing their trading services. On Tuesday, the 24 stocks had a total trading volume of under RMB136 million, significantly less than the $24.6 billion at the HKD counter. Ben Cavender, the managing director of the China Market Research Group, spoke to Ada Au:
Grab lays off 11 percent of workforce  Listenfacebook
A Singapore-based ride hailing firm that branched out into financial services plans to lay off 1,000 employees, or about 11 percent of its workforce. Sean Kennedy reports: